Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House

Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House

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Director: Stuart Gordon

Cast: Stuart Gordon, Yevgen Voronin, Susanna Uchatius, Donna White

     
 

Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) tackles the work of H.P. Lovecraft again for his episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, Dreams in the Witch-House. Ezra Godden, who starred in Gordon's Dagon, plays Walter,See more details below

Overview

Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) tackles the work of H.P. Lovecraft again for his episode of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, Dreams in the Witch-House. Ezra Godden, who starred in Gordon's Dagon, plays Walter, a grad student who, naturally, rents a room at a creepy old house. Bad signs abound, from the reclusive downstairs neighbor, Masurewicz (Campbell Lane), to the gruff, mean-spirited landlord, Dombrowski (Jay Brazeau). The room itself is kind of a hole. Then there's all that mysterious late-night pounding and chanting. But, hey, the rent's cheap. One night, Walter is awakened by screaming, and runs next door to find his attractive neighbor, Frances (Chelah Horsdal), and her little boy, Danny (David and Nicholas Racz), being terrorized by a large rat, which runs into a hole in the wall. When Walter goes to complain to the uncaring landlord, crazy old Masurewicz asks him if the rat had a human face! Things get even stranger. He has vivid dreams of a witch visiting him and seducing him, but the dreams leave real physical evidence behind. Walter, who is studying string theory, begins to suspect that there is a portal to another dimension within the building. Maybe old Masurewicz isn't so crazy after all. He seems to know all about the witch, and urges Walter to get out while he still can. But Walter suspects that the witch (with help from her familiar, that ugly rat), is after Danny's innocent blood, and, having developed a romantic attraction to Frances, he's determined to keep her and the boy safe.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
"This is a quiet building," says the grubby landlord in the beginning of Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House, Lovecraft enthusiast Stuart Gordon's entry in Showtime's Masters of Horror series. So we know there will be trouble, but even seasoned horror fans maybe find a few surprises in Gordon's entry, which quirkily fuses the venerated author's treatment of interdimensional travel and one man's descent into madness with Gordon's own strength at mixing gore and terror with sardonic, borderline-campy humor. Ezra Godden plays the story's hero Walter Gilman with a Luke Wilson-like rakish intelligence, and convincingly portrays Walter's increasing franticness as he becomes unhinged. Of course, who can blame him, what with being in the thrall of a witch and her chuckle-inducing familiar, a rat with an ugly human face. What he initially assumes are dreams leave increasingly visible effects on his waking life, from finding a bloody pentagram scratched into his back to waking up in the rare books room of the school library, reading the Necronomicon (the Book of the Dead) in his underwear. In between, there's his budding relationship with sexy single mom Frances (Chelah Horsdal), increasingly threatened by Walter's unpleasant encounters with the paranormal, which could conceivably stem from the unencumbered young man's fear of commitment, as one dream, in which the witch and the rat pressure him to sign some nefarious contract in blood, seems to suggest. Gordon is not afraid to push things to an unpleasant limit, at one point showing what appears to be a ceremonial knife held up to an actual toddler's throat. Fans who prefer their horror completely straight may not appreciate it, but Gordon again demonstrates his unique talent for mixing quirky, uneasy laughs with genuine horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0013131372496
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
0:55:00
Sales rank:
69,543

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.77 x 1) enhanced for 16 x 9 tvs; Audio commentary with writer/director Stuart Gordon, and actor Ezra Godden; Behind the scenes: The making of Dreams in the Witch-House; Working with a Master: Stuart Gordon; Dreams, Darkness and Damnation: An interview with Stuart Gordon; On Set: An interview with Chelah Horsdal; SFX: Meet Brown Jenkin; Stuart Gordon bio; Trailers; Still gallery; Storyboard gallery; DVD-ROM: screenplay; DVD-ROM: screen saver; DVD-ROM: "Dreams in the Witch-House" by H.P. Lovecraft

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch House
1. Main Titles [1:28]
2. Dreams in the Witch-House [10:17]
3. Unholy Rodent [8:14]
4. The Witch [10:40]
5. Clues of the Necronomicon [5:27]
6. Not Without a Fight [11:28]
7. Stranger Than Fiction [5:41]
8. End Credits [1:23]

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